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Casino Royale Reviews

November 2, 2015
Unlike recent Bonds, whose kills had no more weight than the one-liners that generally accompanied them, Craig's tend to be intimate, bloody, and devoid of glamour.
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October 18, 2008
Bond as a human being? Who'd'a'thunk?
August 17, 2007
Casino Royale has the answers to all my complaints about the 45-year-old James Bond series, and some I hadn't even thought of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2007
I hope Craig finds more moments like that in Bond. And I hope he gets to wear that tuxedo again and again and again.
April 25, 2007
I consider Daniel Craig to be the most effective and appealing of the six actors who have played 007, and that includes even Sean Connery.
February 3, 2007
Craig is also the best Bond in the franchise's history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 22, 2006
Daniel Craig is a fair-haired, bare-knuckle antidote to Pierce Brosnan. On the action-adventure level, it hits the bulls-eye.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 18, 2006
This, at last, is Bond stripped bare.
November 17, 2006
There's clearly life in the old dog yet.
November 17, 2006
Welcome to the new world of MI6's most storied agent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 17, 2006
Casino Royale is a step in the right direction for the Bond franchise. But it's a small, tentative step.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 17, 2006
It's The Spy Who Came In From the Warmth.
November 17, 2006
[Craig's] portrayal feels grittier and more complex than previous 007s. This is also partly the result of a better script, by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Oscar winner Paul Haggis, as well as top-notch directing by Martin Campbell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2006
Gone or reshaped are most of the conceits that have made Bond movies seem like an exercise in parody and nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 17, 2006
It's not as bad as Die Another Day, and not up to the jolly mayhem of the best films in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2006
Casino Royale isn't perfect, but it's surprisingly entertaining, even exciting for long stretches, and Craig manages to find new dimensions to a character that had long ago become a tired caricature. Everything old is new again, indeed.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 17, 2006
What, no jet packs? No world-conquering supervillains orbiting the planet? No preference for shaken martinis?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2006
Now this is more like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2006
If the goal was to give Bond vivid new life, Casino Royale must be called a success. This Bond is not only licensed to kill but eager to get on with the job.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 17, 2006
You don't need a weatherman to tell you the 21st installment in the franchise brings an invigorating chill to the air.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2006
Let the purists squawk: In Daniel Craig, the Bond franchise has finally found a 007 whose cruel charisma rivals that of Sean Connery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2006
... the Bond franchise has always been fortunate in its choice of leading men, and Craig is one of their wisest picks yet.
November 16, 2006
Martin Campbell (who also directed Pierce Brosnan's first outing as Bond in Goldeneye), has chosen to give us a Bond who's both metaphorically and literally stripped bare. Let me take this opportunity to thank him for both.
November 16, 2006
The latest James Bond vehicle finds the British spy leaner, meaner and a whole lot darker.
November 16, 2006
Half an hour too long and with too many villains we really can't place in the plot, Casino Royale nevertheless proves you seldom go wrong if you make a movie that leaves you stirred, not shaken.
November 16, 2006
Casino Royale unveils Daniel Craig as the new James Bond and, excepting Sean Connery, he's the best.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 16, 2006
The movie also travels the dark path of the book, which I won't detail here, but just know that Bond has to suffer for his art.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2006
Casino Royale takes a huge gamble that moviegoers are ready for a fresh take on James Bond. And it wins the bet.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2006
You who carped that the 007 films had devolved into a catalog of fresh gadgets and stale puns, eat crow. You who said that the Austin Powers superspy spoofs made James Bond irrelevant, behave.
November 16, 2006
The tone isn't as cute or vapid as most installments; it's actually a little sinister compared with any recent Bond.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 16, 2006
Casino Royale tries to have it both ways, moving toward the genuine while still grasping for the outlandish. The result is a film that's caught between caution and abandonment. And that's probably not a place where James Bond wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 16, 2006
Meet the new Bond, not the same as the old Bond -- and thank God for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2006
Now I'm glad they didn't euthanize James Bond, because Casino Royale is the best movie of the series in almost 40 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2006
Back to basics, is the idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2006
Fans of anyone other than Sean Connery who has played James Bond may want to look away, because admirers of Ian Fleming's 007 novels are almost bound to agree that Daniel Craig is the best Bond since Sean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2006
The striking thing about Craig's performance is that he seems to have been able to tune out over 40 years of screen history and approach Bond as just another role.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2006
Back are the virtues of the original Ian Fleming novels, seen only fleetingly in previous films.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2006
If this franchise is indeed being reinvented (and it needed to be), it's going to be very interesting to see how Craig continues shaking and stirring his character's icy cocktail of baleful cruelty and suave assurance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2006
Of course, we don't really go to Bond movies for the dialogue and the romance. We go for the action, and on that front Casino Royale delivers -- if, like everything else about the picture, in a refreshingly downsized way.
November 16, 2006
This exceedingly clever reincarnation, reclamation and reinvigoration of a franchise that has had its ups and downs stands taller than ever.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2006
Die-hard fans may miss Q and Miss Moneypenny or the boys-and-their-toys gadgets or even the smirky tone. But in their stead is a riveting picture that, for all its globetrotting glamour and eyepopping action, demands we take this new Bond seriously.
Read More | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2006
The script updates Ian Fleming's first Bond novel to a post-9/11 world and scales back the silliness that always seems to creep into the series.
November 16, 2006
[Casino Royale] not only simultaneously acknowledges and confounds audience expectations, but also neatly confirms that Daniel Craig's intriguing and charismatic tyro agent is cut from quite different cloth to his Savile Row-tailored predecessors.
November 15, 2006
In Casino Royale, Bond is still learning to tame his impulses into a style, and he's all the more dangerous because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 15, 2006
A renewed sense of engagement informs director Martin Campbell's tough, absorbing adaptation of the 1953 Ian Fleming novel, the one that started the whole 007 business.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2006
Casino Royale is everything you could ask for in a Bond movie, and more. Much more. Sometimes even more than is a good idea.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2006
To say Casino Royale ranks among the best Bond offerings is not intended as backhanded praise.
November 13, 2006
This is a Bond with great body but no soul.
November 13, 2006
There's one whopper of a reason why Casino Royale is the hippest, highest-octane Bond film in ages, and his name is Daniel Craig.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2006
Taking the world's greatest spy back to his roots as a raw, impressionable brute whose cockiness at times fails him and who can lose his heart to a woman was a keen stroke of intelligence.
November 13, 2006
Casino Royale, though half an hour too long, is the first semi-serious stab at Fleming, and at the treacherous terrain that he marked out, since On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in 1969.
November 9, 2006
A Bond reboot that explores the fascinating early career of 007.
November 9, 2006
Casino Royale sees Bond himself recharged with fresh toughness and arrogance, along with balancing hints of sadism and humanity, just as the fabled series is reinvigorated by going back to basics.